A Beggar With Firm Hope

A Beggar With Firm Hope

  Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C Sunday, October 27, 2013   The Tax Collector and the Pharisee Luke 18: 9-14   It is incidental whether the Pharisee or the tax collector is the one who exalts himself in the sight of God. In today’s culture, Jesus would probably have someone like the tax collector exalt himself and despise others in his prayer:   “God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—do-gooders and church-going Pharisees. I may be greedy, dishonest, and adulterous, but I am grateful not to be a hypocrite like them.” The desire to exalt oneself can always find a reason—even one’s humility. —Campion P. Gavaler, OSB   St Augustine says, “man is a beggar before God,” yet, how easy it is to fashion...

Of What Spirit am I?

Of What Spirit am I?

  Jesus does not give His disciples permission to answer rejection with rejection…or to volley hatred for hatred until there’s a winner. It certainly can be a temptation as was the case with James and John in today’s gospel; When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him.   On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.   When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village. —Luke 9:51-56...

Meditation on the Holy Mass

Is this not the answer, the consuming consolation to every question of our lives? We lift up our cries as … “poor banished children of Eve.” We ‘send up our sighs,’ we’ mourn and weep’…We are in the ‘valley of tears.’ Our cry for mercy was heard long ago..when the Father of all sent His only Son that by His life, death and resurrection, He purchased for us the rewards of eternal life. Through the beauty and splendor of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we meditate on this mystery which is the salvation of the world.       And I thank you Lord, that in Your sorrowful Passion, you have mercy… on me.   +PAX h/t...

It’s All in My Head

The biggest spiritual battle is fought ….between the ears.   “The life of the Christian has three distinguishing aspects: deeds words thoughts Thought comes first then words, since our words express openly the interior conclusions of the mind. Finally, after thoughts and words, comes action for the deeds carry out what the mind has conceived.”   In order to wage the battle successfully, we must make sure; “…that all our thoughts, words and deeds are controlled by the divine ideal… the revelation of  Christ.” When I find myself slipping into a black vortex of fears–whatever they may be–I renew my mind with the contrary promise of God from His Word. Though I may be hanging by a thread battling my...

An Army of…Heels

An Army of…Heels

    In this month of May, Mary’s month, I’m renewing my consecration to the Blessed Mother in the method of St Louis de Montfort and re reading True Devotion. It’s probably the fourth time I’ve tackled it, but with each new visit to his work, I find the pages more relevant for our times.   From section 4, on Mary’s part in later times:   But Mary’s power over the evil spirits will especially shine forth in later times, when Satan will lie in wait for her heel, that is her humble servants and her poor children whom she will rouse to fight against him.   In the eyes of the world they will be little and poor, and like the heel, lowly in the eyes of all, downtrodden and crushed, as the heel by other parts...